Serbia 5-0 Romania: Serbians Through To World Cup After Triumph Against Romania
Serbia have qualified for the 2010 World Cup after a spectacular victory against Romania, who are now officially eliminated.
Serbia needed just one final victory in the home match against almost eliminated Romania to secure their passage to the 2010 World Cup and cap off an impressive qualifying campaign.
The home side showed their intent from the start, and in the 18th minute captain Dejan Stankovic fired a dangerous volley after a poorly cleared corner kick that was well saved by goalkeeper Danut Coman.
At the half hour mark, defender Nemanja Vidic came close with a header on a good cross, but he sent it just over the crossbar.
Serbia took a deserved lead in the 37th minute, when striker Nikola Zigic got ahead of his marker and headed the ball perfectly on a corner kick to make it 1-0.
After a first half completely dominated by the hosts, Romania had a sudden chance to equalise in stoppage time, when defender Dacian Varga volleyed the ball wide at the far post on a good cross from midfielder Tiberiu Ghioane.
During half time, no changes were made by either coach. It took only five minutes for Serbia to double their lead, as Marko Pantelic made it 2-0 in the 50th minute with a precise shot in the bottom corner.
That was the start of a rout by the home side, and with ten minutes to go, Zdravko Kuzmanovic scored a third goal with a shot that hit the crossbar before going in.
In the 86th minute, Milan Jovanovic made it 4-0 with a shot from 20 meters that beat Coman. A memorable victory was completed in the 93rd minute, when Jovanovic dribbled past a few defenders before firing the ball in the back of the net.
The result allowed Serbia to win Group 7 with one match to spare and seal their place at the World Cup.